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Why I am supporting “Prop 1” – the Transportation Funding Texas Constitutional Amendment

There has been much gnashing of teeth over “Prop 1” that in a nutshell, would divert a portion of extra revenues that come into the Texas treasury into road building instead of the general fund or being parked in an already large rainy day fund (RDF). (The revenues are a result of the booming oil and gas business in the state.)

In general, I do not like bonds or debt of any sort. (Government debt is fundamentally stealing from future generations—it is NOT the same as private debt.) However, Prop 1 provides for pay-as-you-go, not debt, and with our booming Texas population, we DO need some road work!

at Oct 24, 2014 1:41 PM

Texas Voters to Decide on Taking a Step Forward for Road Construction

Texas is an economic engine unlike any other, but there are things that could put the brakes on our dynamic growth. Congested highways and the unreasonably long commutes that go along with them have the potential to slow commerce in a way that promises to be detrimental to the Texas economic experience. With over 1,000 people moving here each day, we’re told to expect as many as 18 million additional vehicles on our roads by the year 2040. That’s 45 million cars and trucks.

When Governor Rick Perry first took over the central office at the Texas Capitol in 2000, the state had zero debt for roads. One of Perry's enduring legacies – for better or worse – is that he embraced government debt to finance construction of highways. Now the credit card is maxed out,

at Oct 2, 2014 12:21 PM

Remember the Houston Drainage Fee (RainTax)? Where's the Money?

TexasGOPVote was strongly against the passage of the City of Houston Charter Change (Stop Prop 1) that was pushed by Mayor Annise Parker and certain special interest-fed city council members like Stephen Costello, Oliver Pennington and then council member Brenda Stardig (who is now attempting to get back on city council). However, the voters of Houston passed the measure and then the lies began to become apparent.

at Aug 1, 2013 10:39 AM

Cain & Gingrich: Making Cents?

Elizabeth Perez, conservative candidate for Houston City Council At-Large #2 sent the following in about this Saturday's Cain-Gingrich Debate:

Texas is getting lots of attention with the Republican Presidential candidates. Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain will debate this weekend in The Woodlands (a suburb just north of Houston) with a focus on our nation’s economic and fiscal issues. As an accountant, I am happy to see that candidates are taking a closer look at our country’s finances. Cain has laid out his 9-9-9 plan which offers an alternative to our current tax system. Even though I think there are some things in his plan that need to be revisited, his plan puts economics in perspective for the average American – something that had not been done before by others.   Read more »

at Nov 3, 2011 10:46 AM

Voters Send a Message - Proposition 1 is not a mandate for massive runaway spending programs

By less than a 2% margin, voters passed the controversial Proposition 1 "Rain Tax" bill. Now perhaps, we will get to see what's in it. The narrow margin by which this passed should send a message to the Mayor and City Council. This is not a mandate. You do not have a blank check.   Read more »

at Nov 3, 2010 1:42 PM

Rainy Election Day in Houston, Texas - A live blog - Watch for updates throughout the day

Election Day in Houston TexasGood morning and welcome to election day in Harris County, Houston Texas.   Today I will be traveling around the county visiting polling locations to let you see what is happening across the county.  Many important issues are on the ballot.  Will Fernando Herrera pull off upset victories over their well entrenched liberal incumbent opponents?  Will Prop 1 go down the drain? What will happen with the poll watchers an   Read more »

at Nov 2, 2010 8:43 AM

You're Invited to the Stop Prop 1 Post-Election Party

Election time has come! Will this big government, special interest, over-taxing Proposition be defeated?

If you have supported the No Rain PAC's stance in defeating Proposition 1, you are welcome to stop by and help celebrate Tuesday night after the polls close.

Event: Proposition 1 Post-election Party

Time: 7:00PM to 11:00PM   Read more »

at Nov 1, 2010 4:15 PM

StopPROP1 Launches New Radio Ad Featuring Houston City Council Members Against Proposition 1

Proposition 1 is not a Republican vs Democrat issue.  It is not a Conservative vs Liberal issue.  It is an issue about what is good public policy for the City of Houston for the next (at least) forty years.  In this radio ad which started on the air today, Council Members Jolanda Jones, C. O. Bradford, Wanda Adams and Jarvis Johnson joined with the "Tax Man" Paul Bettencourt to express opposition to Proposition 1 because it is a poorly conceived program with little if any protection for taxpayers who are already stretched too thin financially.

This "Rain Tax" will negatively affect every homeowner, business, church, school, hospital and other charity in the City of Houston causing some people to pay this tax multiple times through their churches and schools.   Read more »

at Nov 1, 2010 3:52 PM

WATCH pastor's retort after Houston Proposition 1 big spending promoter says "YOUR CHURCHES WILL FAIL"!

"You can't do indirectly what the law says you can't do directly" by calling this new TAX a FEE!  That's what one moral and law-abiding pastor respectfully retorts (VIDEO) after "Renew Houston" and Proposition 1 special interest promoter Bob Jones proclaimed, "... your churches will fail" if Proposition 1 is not passed. The attendees didn't buy it and instead blew the whistle on more special interest spending at the recent Houston Pastors luncheon addressing Proposition 1.  Mr. Jones, co-founder of civil engineer law firm Jones & Carter, tried to persuade pastors their "churches would fail" if massive new fee-and-spend scheme "Proposition 1" doesn't pass on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at the polls.  Bob Jones substituted for City Councilman Stephen Costello, a civil engineer and promoter of the proposed fee, spending and government expansion of Renew Houston. 

at Nov 1, 2010 9:45 AM

Response to Houston Chronicle Editorial, "Vote for Proposition 1 to fix a broken drainage system"

"Shut up, he explained," That is Kevin Shanley's October 22nd response to the thousands of concerned citizens, businesses, non-profits, churches, and school districts who have dared to criticize or oppose "Proposition 1."

Apparently, we should be ashamed of ourselves for opposing this measure when its supporters cannot document any of their answers to very simple questions: 1. What will it cost Houston residents? 2. How will the money be spent? and 3. How will the City be held accountable for spending the money on its intended purpose?

at Oct 28, 2010 11:15 AM


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